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Neighbors shed light on details of Saturday shooting

By: Scott Thomas Anderson, The Press Tribune
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Statements from a number of Roseville residents are adding new insights to the bizarre actions of a suspect who was ultimately shot and killed during a confrontation with local police Saturday. Meanwhile, authorities have commented on a number of additional details in the case. The incident began around 10:53 p.m., when 911 emergency dispatchers received a call from a woman who said her significant other, Paul Lawson Storey, 35, had pushed her to the ground and was behaving in a threatening manner. At some point, according authorities, Storey appears to have briefly armed himself with a baseball bat and brass knuckles. Storey fled his home on Sierra Gardens Drive prior to two Roseville police officers arriving at the scene. One of his neighbors on Tanglewood Lane — whose rear yard backs up to Storey’s — soon heard the fleeing suspect tromping around on his rooftop. After Storey got off the roof, the same neighbor reportedly saw him behaving in a way that may have indicated he had a gun. Storey ran off, jumping a nearby fence. Around the same time a police unit was pulling up to Storey’s house. Officers checked on the victim and then called for additional units to search for their suspect. Rigo Avelar, a resident of nearby Kent Street, was heading home when he noticed four Roseville police cruisers with their lights flashing on Sierra Gardens Drive. Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther confirmed that, in this same timeframe, Storey appeared again on Sierra Gardens Drive. Noticing his significant other speaking with two police officers, he decided to approach. “They tried to take him into custody, but he resisted and got into a physical altercation with one of the officers,” Gunther said. “The other officer, fearing for his partner’s safety, shot the suspect.” Storey fell down in a neighbor’s driveway almost directly across the street from his own house. Avelar was walking toward his front door on Kent Street when he heard several gunshots. Curious, he grabbed a camera and walked around the corner to where the situation was unfolding. “I saw him lying in a pool of blood on a driveway,” Avelar said. “The paramedics were trying really hard to save him. They tried for a while, they were using IVs and everything, but after about 15 minutes they just couldn’t do it.” Roseville police detectives found no weapons around Storey at the scene of the shooting. “They did find some replica firearms and a baseball bat inside his home,” Gunther said. “But it’s unclear whether that’s the same baseball bat that was used in the incident.” Following department protocol, both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as the incident is reviewed under the supervision of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Scott Thomas Anderson can be reached at scotta@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at ScottA_RsvPT.